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Danny Vessells 3995 Views
This idea was a winner! was awarded $5,000 in October 2015

About Idea

Fathom is making underwater exploration accessible and exciting again. You no longer need an intensive technical background or thousands of dollars to explore the world. As long as an individual knows how to work a smartphone, they can dive without actually leaving dry land. Fathom works by connecting a phone or tablet and tossing the drone in. From a phone/tablet, a person can control the drone via on screen controls, while taking photos and videos, and share these photos and videos with the entire world. Fathom can even come with you in your travels as it’s only the size of a football. Other underwater drones in the market require a technical knowledge to be able to dive, and cost thousands of dollars. Fathom is only $600 and is intuitive for anyone to use. We realize that it is difficult to create an underwater drone that is easy to use, but with our engineering team and mentors, our roadblocks have been minimized by making traditional approaches more efficient and effective.


71% of our world is water, yet we’ve only explored 5% of our oceans. We need more underwater explorers to explore these unknown parts of the world, and Fathom can help inspire and develop underwater explorers. Fathom can inspire others to take action to protect our dying coral reefs, and help protect global water quality. Our bodies of water are the most important resource on the planet and are incredibly beautiful. As a planet, we need to learn, inspire, and embrace the deep.

What I Will Do With $5,000

With $5,000 we would be able to purchase a SLA 3D printer to create our prototypes and beta models that look more professional than most standard 3D printers. The creation of initial beta models allows us to capture our initial footage from the drone to be used not only in our Kickstarter campaign, but also by ambassadors. These ambassadors include an arctic explorer searching for sunken Viking ships, a documentary filmmaker in the Bahamas, and even the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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About Danny Vessells

I am a senior chemical engineering student at Hope College who has pursuing this idea for the past year. In that time, I’ve spoken with people all around the world, in places like Chile, England, and Caribbean, who share the same wonder about the mystery of the underwater world. I love all kinds of outdoors activities like hiking, camping, sailing, and rock climbing. In August I hiked the second highest peak in the rocky mountain range!

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